How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag

How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag

Summer is just around the corner so I thought I would create a terrific wet bag for the beach or pool.  I used a fun remnant fabric that I had on hand for the exterior of this bag but I used a water proof Ripstop Nylon for the lining. Ripstop is easy to sew and makes a perfect lining for this drawstring wet bag.  It comes in loads of colors so you can find one that is perfect for your project. This bag is a beginner sewing project that is perfect for anyone with basic sewing skills.  It is also a fun and functional summer sewing project so I urge you to give this one a try.

As I stated, I used two remnants that I had on hand for the outer fabric and the ripstop for the lining.  I obtained all of them from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores.  In fact I ordered the ripstop online and picked it up in store for even more convenience. You could head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you want for your project. This project contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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What you will Need: How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag

  • 1 yd Exterior fabric
  • 1 yd Ripstop Nylon
  • 1/4 yd accent fabric for straps and drawstring
  • Standard sewing supplies
  • Frixion Heat Erasable Pens
How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag
What you will Need wet bag

Step 1: Cut your Fabrics

Cut two outer and two ripstop pieces that measure 17″ x 14 1/2″.  From the accent fabric cut three strips that measure 1 5/8″ x 44″.

How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag
Cut your Fabrics

Step 2: Sew the outer and lining pieces together

Place one piece of outer fabric and one piece of lining fabric right sides together and stitch along one short end using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Repeat for the other outer and lining piece.  Using a low temperature on your iron press the seams open.

How to Make a drawstring wet bag
Pin outer and lining right sides together

Step 3:  Pin the Bag together

Place the two outer pieces right sides together and the two lining pieces right sides together and clip or pin.

How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag
Pin right sides together

Step 4:  Mark the lines

Mark the lines for the drawstring channel and the drawstring bottom gaps.  Start at the top of the bag.  Measure down 1 1/4″ and mark a line on the outer bag and on the ripstop using a frixion heat erasable pen or some other erasable pen. Now, go to the bottom of your bag and measure up 3/8″ and make a mark.  Measure up another 3/4″ and make a second mark.  Do this on both sides of the bag.  These are the drawstring bottom gaps.  You will also leave an opening in the lining bottom for turning.

How to Make a Drawstring Wet Bag
Mark your channel opening
How to make a drawstring wet bag
Mark bottom openings

Step 5:  Sew the Bag together

Sew the bag together using a 3/8″ seam allowance leaving the drawstring opening, the drawstring bottom gaps, and the turning opening open.  Press the seams open using a low temperature on your iron.

Step 6:  Turn the Bag

Turn the bag right sides out through the opening that you left in the lining. Stitch the opening closed using ladder stitch or slip stitch.

Step 7:  Create the drawstring channel

Measure down from the top of the bag 1 1/4″ and draw a line all the way around the front and back of the bag using a Frixion heat erasable pen.  Top stitch around the top of the bag then stitch along the line you just drew.  This will create the drawstring channel.

Step 8:  Create the Drawstring

Cut off the selvedge of the accent fabric. Stitch the three strips of fabric right sides together along the short ends so that you have one long strip of fabric.  Press the seams open.  Press the long raw edges to the center of the strip. Then fold the strip in half lengthwise and press again.  Top stitich along the open edge.  Cut the drawstring in half widthwise.

Step 9:  Add the drawstring

Place a safety pin at the end of one of the drawstrings and thread it through the drawstring channel and back through the side you inserted it.  Tack the raw ends together.  Place the drawstring into the matching bottom drawstring hole and pin.  Make sure you do not pin it to the ripstop.  Push that out of the way.  Top stitch over the outer bag and drawstring a few times.  Repeat for the other side and you have finished your drawstring wet bag.

How to make a drawstring wet bag
Stitch the bottom closed
How to make a drawstring wet bag
Finished drawstring
How to make a drawstring wet bag
Finished Wet Bag

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